STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO.:              
                                                 BJ 230146 RT                
                                                 RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S    
                                                 DOCKET NO.:                 
                                                 BC 230145 OR
                 CATHERINE FALCON                            

                              PETITIONER      : 


               On October 19, 1987, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed 
          a petition for administrative review of an order issued on 
          September 21, 1987, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the 
          housing accommodation known as 6902 Ridge Blvd., Brooklyn, New 
          York, Apartment 8D, wherein the Administrator determined that based 
          on a physical inspection conducted by DHCR, services have been 
          restored and therefore issued an order of restoration.

               The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in the 
          record and has carefully considered that portion of the record 
          relevant to the issue raised by the administrative appeal.  

               In the petition for administrative review, the tenant stated 
          in substance, that although the owner restored services complained 
          of, the owner should not be entitled to have the rent restored 

               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be denied.

               The Administrator had ordered a rent reduction based on the 
          report of the agency inspector.  The order was issued on February 
          24, 1987 and the rent reduction was effective May 1, 1986 for the 
          rent stabilized tenants who joined in the complaint. 

          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: BJ 230146 RT

               On March 30, 1987, the owner filed an application to restore 
          rent. On September 21, 1987 the Administrator issued an order 
          granting the owner's rent restoration application based on the 
          results of an inspection which took place on August 14, 1987.  The 
          rents were restored for the rent stabilized tenants effective May 
          1, 1987, the month following service of the owner's restoration 
          application on the tenants. 

               With regard to the tenant's assertion that the owner should 
          not be entitled a retroactive rent restoration, the tenant is 
          advised that pursuant to Section 2522.2 of the Rent Stabilization 
          Code, rent adjustments are to be effective the first rent payment 
          date occurring 30 days after the filing of the application, unless 
          otherwise set forth in the order.  This authorization for 
          retroactive rent adjustments has resulted in a policy by the 
          Division of ordering both rent reductions and rent restorations to 
          be effective the first of the month following service of the 
          complaint or application on the opposing party.  Accordingly, the 
          Administrator issued the rent reduction order effective May 1, 
          1986, which is the first day of the following month after giving 
          the owner notice of the tenant's complaint.  Similarly, the 
          Administrator issued the rent restoration effective  May 1, 1987, 
          which is the first day of the following month after giving the 
          tenant notice of the owner's application. 

               THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent 
          Stabilization Law and Code, it is

               ORDERED, that this petition be and the same hereby is denied, 
          and the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is,


                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Acting Deputy Commissioner



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